Maryland Coach Randy Edsall said Monday he is “totally against” multi-year guaranteed scholarships and that he supported providing student-athletes a monthly stipend, two ideas for reform in collegiate athletics that have been widely discussed recently.
“What we have right now is a one-year renewable scholarship where we can recommend that it get renewed every year, except for if they quit the team, flunk out of school, get in trouble with the law in some way, if the university dismisses them or through the drug testing program,” Edsall said. “I don’t think that needs to change.”
Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford declined Sunday to endorse four-year guaranteed scholarships or two-year scholarships with the option of renewal. He did, however, note that such options should, at the very least, be considered.
Edsall said he believes annually renewable scholarships help hold student-athletes accountable.
“There used to be four-year scholarships, but they got away from that because those were four-year guaranteed scholarships and people would quit the team and leave the program, and they’d still be on scholarship,” Edsall said.
While Edsall is not necessarily in favor of providing student-athletes a “cost of attendance” stipend in addition to paying for room, board and tuition, the coach did say he would support providing players a monthly stipend, the amount of which he said should be “determined by other people.”
If it were up to Edsall, players would receive a monthly stipend that might be used to help cover the cost of housing.
“The problem that you get with cost of attendance and other issues is it’s going to be more costly to go to Boston College than it is to Maryland, and the cost of attendance can differ from school to school,” Edsall said. “And now if you get into the situation of, ‘Well, if you come here, we can give you more money.’ Well that’s an unfair recruiting advantage.
“So, to me, I do feel, though, that some things need to change because … certain housing arrangements on your campus doesn’t cover what the scholarship entails, so now the young men have to pay a little bit more above and beyond their scholarship to live at the best housing, and from a recruiting standpoint, you know, you want your kids to live in that kind of housing, but the scholarship doesn’t cover that.”